Threat Forces Closure of Second Newtown Elementary School

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 18 2012 12:23 PM

Threat Forces Closure of Second Newtown Elementary School

Obviously, things aren't going to return to normal in Newtown any time soon, if ever. But things like this certainly aren't going to speed the healing process. NBC Connecticut with the details:

Head O’Meadow School, an elementary school in Newtown, is closed after the school received a threat on Tuesday, according to the superintendent. Public schools in Newtown were scheduled to open two hours late, so no students were at school when the threat was received.
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School officials said police had predicted that there might be some threats and there was one. All staff members are safe, school officials said. Police were at the scene as a precaution before the threat was made.

Newtown public schools were closed yesterday, so today was the first day that no doubt nervous parents sent their children to school since Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sandy Hook and Head O'Meadow are about 5 miles apart.

The school threat follows a similar one made at a local church during Sunday mass, when police were forced to evacuate the building after the church received what was described as a threatening phone call. While the scares appear to be just that, it's hard to imagine a situation where local authorities don't take any and all threats seriously in the wake of Friday's tragedy.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. Follow him on Twitter.